The ongoing pandemic has driven most of us to seek comfort in food and drinks. For some, the idea of destressing means imbibing on a round of delicious tipples. For others, a carb-fuelled feast does the trick. From a decadent weekend brunch to wine and cocktails, check out these picks for inspiration. Go ahead and indulge. We won’t judge.
Club Street Wine Room
Casual and social drinkers who dislike overly stuffy wine bars will feel at home at Club Street Wine Room, the newest member of Cure Concepts. Located in the Keong Saik enclave, the shophouse features an inviting interior that includes a large skylight over a communal bar table area, giving the space a sense of airy openness during the day. At night, this is replaced by an intimate candlelit ambience.
The progressive and accessible list of wines is sourced from all over the world and personally handpicked by the head sommelier. A conversation starter is the Movia Puro, a Slovenian wine opened in a water tank in front of guests with a dramatic flourish. There are also non-alcoholic wines to cater to teetotallers. Try Pierre Zero Chardonnay, which exudes an aroma of tropical fruit, peaches, lychee, and flowers, or Pierre Zero Merlot, both by Pierre Chavin.
If the idea of free-flow Pét-Nat sparkling wines sounds perfect to you, don’t miss the Sunday Brunch. The wines are an ideal complement to the selection of breakfast staples, such as the Smoked Haddock Cheese & Chive Omelette or the Truffle Cheese & Smashed Avocado with Egg Toast.
87 Club Street, Singapore 069455
Socials: @clubstreetwineroom (Instagram)
Club Street Wine Room (Facebook)
The Old Man Singapore
Get ready to be whisked away and transported to the life of Ernest Hemingway at The Old Man Singapore. Its latest ‘v3’ menu comprises nine ingenious creations, each representing a significant year in the literary giant’s life.
The sister branch of the acclaimed Hong Kong bar of the same name, The Old Man Singapore
is given creative rein to craft their menus. Each drink distills a sense of nostalgia and encapsulates Hemingway’s colourful life experiences. The marriage of fermented Havana Rum and soy milk kefir in the #1899, for example, recalls the soft innocence of his childhood, with the fluffiness of the milk allowing for a decadent tipple. If you prefer something mellower and more refreshing, try the #1954, a Nordic-inspired tipple mixed with Monkey Sloe Gin, homogenised pine & rosemary, rotovap juniper distillate and bubbles.
55 Keong Saik Rd, #01-04, Singapore 089158
Socials: @theoldman_sg (Instagram)
The Old Man Singapore (Facebook)
CANCHITA Peruvian Cuisine
To launch a F&B business during the pandemic is no easy feat, but the team behind CANCHITA has thrived up despite the challenge. The restaurant now offers a weekend brunch menu that casts the spotlight on flavourful Mexican and Peruvian eats alongside a bevy of cocktails.
Dig into a traditional Mexican breakfast dish Chilaquiles, which consists of chicken breast, sour cream, Oaxaca cheese, black beans and coriander on corn tortillas. The Arroz Con Pato is a traditional Peruvian dish featuring duck marinated in orange and cooked in its own fat before it’s served with criolla salad as well as rice drenched in corn cider. For the adventurous, the Beef Tongue Taco, a slow-cooked beef tongue and Salsa Verde spread on a Corn Tortilla is a must-try. For party of three, it’s worth ordering half a portion of The Special Canchita Roast Suckling Pig, which is accompanied with corn tortillas, avocado guacamole and Pico de Gallo. Wash them down with the Pisco Punch or Sangria to complete the hearty experience.
The Canchita Brunch is available from 12pm to 4pm.
Dempsey Rd, 9A 9B, Singapore 247698
Socials: @canchita_sg (Instagram)
Canchita Peruvian Restaurant Sg (Facebook)
Stay Gold Flamingo
A dual concept of a bar and a café? Count us in!
Local, next-gen bartending mavericks Jerrold Khoo and Bai JiaWei have unveiled Stay Gold Flamingo where the free-spirited can converge for two distinct experiences. Situated within Amoy Street, the bar, named Stay Gold, is a modern classic set up with a rock and roll vibe. Indulge in classic tipples such as the Sazerac, a stiff one concocted with Remy Martin VSOP Cognac, Michter’s Rye and a spray of absinthe to round it up, or the Moscow Mule, made with a blend of Belvedere Single Estate Vodka and ginger beer. For the curious and adventurous, the Intro To Absinthe, of a combination of absinthe, earl grey and carbonated coconut water, promises an intriguing twist.
Prefer to drop by during the day? All-day café Flamingo welcomes guests with light bites including the Pimiento Cheese, Olive Tapenade or Artichoke and Basil served alongside Turkish bread, and a delish Shiso Chicken Sandwich. Other than coffee, the beverage menu also includes a selection of beer, wine and an array of fruit-centric cocktails.
69 Amoy Street, Singapore 069887
Socials: @staygoldflamingo (Instagram)
Stay Gold Flamingo (Facebook)